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Posted: 06 March 2006 02:46 PM   [ Ignore ]
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4779248.stm

Elephant theory in Nessie search

Unexplained sightings of the Loch Ness monster could have been elephants enjoying a swim, a scientist has said.

Neil Clark, curator of palaeontology at Glasgow University’s Hunterian Museum, spent two years researching Nessie.

He said they could have been circus elephants, as fairs visiting Inverness would often stop on the banks of Loch Ness to give the animals a rest.

The trunk and humps in the water would bear similarities to some of the most famous Nessie photographs.

There have been reporting sightings of “something” in Loch Ness dating back to the 6th Century and it has grown into one of the world’s most enduring myths.

Hazy photographs and eyewitness accounts have sprung up over the past 100 years, without offering conclusive evidence that Nessie exists.

Dr Clark said most sightings of Nessie could be explained by floating logs or waves.

But he is promoting the elephant theory because his research showed circuses were a common occurrence in the area, particularly from the early 1930s.

“The circuses used to take the road up to Inverness and allow their animals to have a rest, swim about in the loch and refresh themselves,” he said.

“It’s quite possible that the people around Loch Ness saw some of these animals.

“When their elephants were allowed to swim in the loch, only the trunk and two humps could be seen - the first hump being the top of the head and the second being the back of the animal.

“The elephant theory would not explain some of the later sightings. I don’t know when the last circus to Inverness was, but I’m presuming there were some after 1933.”

Asked whether he believed in the Loch Ness monster, Dr Clark said: “I do believe there is something alive in Loch Ness.”

Dr Clark’s findings are published in the Open University Geological Society journal this month.

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Posted: 06 March 2006 03:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Elephants??? That might explain sightings closer to shore, but what about the sightings that take place in deep water?

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Posted: 06 March 2006 03:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Frankly, the elephants are the most likely of all the explanations…
With logs, hoaxes, wishful thinking etc. accounting for the rest.

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Posted: 06 March 2006 05:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Damn, you beat me to it. Was just about to post the Australian article/copy of this.
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,18374018-2,00.html
What got me about this article is that the picture they used is the one proven and admitted to be a hoax. Why try and prove was in the picture - IT WAS A HOAX!
The Goodies got it right - the whole thing is a ruddy tourist trap.

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Posted: 06 March 2006 07:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Have you ever noticed that all the photos are blurry and grainy? My theory is that people have taken sharp, clear pictures of Nessie, but since it was sharp and clear, you could tell what it really was - log, elephant, etc.

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Posted: 06 March 2006 09:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Or maybe Nessie’s just a blurry, grainy creature!

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